Mike Busby > Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP > Guildford, England > Lawyer Profile

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Work Department

Real estate, banking and finance.


Mike heads the real estate division, with overall responsibility for its strategic direction, and is a member of the firm’s strategy board. He specialises in: strategic land advice for large landowners and mid-tier residential developers, including advising on promotion agreements, options and conditional contracts; portfolio acquisitions and disposals for high net worths and family offices; retail and leisure, including advising numerous golf course owners and operators; advising on hotel sales and purchases; advising national restaurant operators and retailers on their English portfolio; advising care home developments; and high value landlord and tenant work.


Trained Penningtons, 2003; qualified 2005; associate 2009; partner 2012.


Shebbear College; University of Southampton (2001 BA Hons 2(1) archaeology and history); College of Law, Guildford (2002 postgraduate Diploma in Law, commendation; 2003 LPC, commendation).

Lawyer Rankings

South East > Real estate > Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

(Leading individuals)

Mike BusbyPenningtons Manches Cooper LLP

The ‘dynamic, hardworking and insightful team’ at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP in Guildford has experience in planning, development and construction work, acting for care homes, social housing clients and industrial spaces; the team’s client roster also features industrial investors and developers, landowners, and multi-site retailers. Team leader Mike Busby is noted by the market and handles development work for a range of clients covering strategic options and promotions agreements, high-value asset acquisitions and portfolio refinancings. Expert on logistics sites Tony Burns acts for occupier clients on investment portfolio transactions and specialises in the acquisition, development and management of industrial sites, development funding agreements and energy projects.